Mrs Taft obviously had good choice in her quilt block choices – I think that this is a lovely block. Of course, I can’t help wondering what it was called before Mrs Taft chose it! This is a four patch block and I have made it as a 12″ square.
Cutting requirements for Mrs Tafts choice quilt block
3.1/2″ squares: two white, two purple
3.7/8″ squares: three each in pink and white, two each in purple and white, one each in purple and pink
Making Mrs Tafts choice quilt block
Make half square triangle units with all the 3.7/8″ squares in the colour combinations listed above. Place two squares with right sides together and mark a line along the diagonal. Sew a 1/4″ seam either side of the marked line and cut along the line. This will give you two half square triangle units. Press the seam allowance towards the dark fabric and trim the corners of the squares.
Lay the squares out in four rows of four. The two white squares are placed in two diagonally opposite corners and the two purple squares are placed along the diagonal between those two white squares. The purple/pink half square triangles are placed so that the purple triangles face towards the middle, forming a four patch unit with the two purple squares.
Along each edge of the block there are two pink/white and one purple/white half square triangles. Check the photo to see which order they are placed in.
Sew the squares together across each row and then sew the rows to each other to complete Mrs Tafts choice quilt block.
There is no similarity (other than the name) but you might also be interested in Mrs Bryans Choice quilt block.
You can see a quilt made using Mrs Tafts Choice block here.
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